• Short Summary

    Since the revolution on Zanzibar in 1964, which prompted the union with Tanzania, the Afro-Shirazi Party on the island has made a series of promises to the people of Zanzibar for improving social conditions -- among these, that every Zanzibar should have a decent house to live in.

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    Since the revolution on Zanzibar in 1964, which prompted the union with Tanzania, the Afro-Shirazi Party on the island has made a series of promises to the people of Zanzibar for improving social conditions -- among these, that every Zanzibar should have a decent house to live in.

    Soon after the revolution they started building blocks of cheap, well-designed flats for workers based on an East German design. In the towns, they are grouped in "villages", each with its own mosque, community centre and shops. Each block can house seventy-two families.

    In rural areas, the blocks of flats tend to be much smaller, holding only twenty-four families. These buildings are in the form of semi-detached houses, or individual cottages.

    Zanzibar's President Aboud Jumbs has referred to this building programme as being part of the aims of the island's revolution in raising living standards with the provision of free housing, education and health services. While this goal has not been completely realised, the construction of cheap housing has been a marked move in that direction.

    SYNOPSIS: Large scale projects are underway across the island of Zanzibar to supply decent housing for all its citizens. The new buildings reflect the enactment of a series of promises made by the ruling Afro-Shirazi Party since the revolution on Zanzibar which prompted the union with Tanzania.

    It was soon after the revolution in 1964, that construction of these cheap flats for workers was begun. In towns these buildings are grouped into "village" units -- each with its own mosque, community centre and shops.

    In rural areas, the blocks of flats tend to be smaller -- each one holding only twenty-four families. These buildings are in the form of semi-detached houses, or individual cottages.

    These new housing developments are in sharp contrast to the traditional grass huts on the island. Zanzibar's President Aboud Jumbo has referred to this building programme as being part of the aims of the island's revolution in railing living standards with the provision of from housing, education and health services. The new housing projects are a start towards that goal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7V7VYCBPO89PQBCDB3CX91NI1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V7VYCBPO89PQBCDB3CX91NI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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